Beef ex­ports help lo­cal farm­ers

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAVE MATHIESON

NAPPAN - Dur­ing a visit to the Mar­itime Beef Test­ing Sta­tion here on Satur­day, Cum­ber­landColch­ester-Musquodoboit Val­ley MP Scott Arm­strong talked about beef ex­ports.

“We now have a free trade agree­ment with the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Union, so there’s more and more mar­kets open to beef cat­tle with­out tar­iffs on them,” said Arm­strong fol­low­ing a fund­ing an­nounce­ment at­tended by lo­cal beef farm­ers. “Lo­cal farm­ers can com­pete on a level play­ing field with those Euro­pean coun­tries.”

Brian True­man, a beef farmer in True­manville, says open, free mar­kets help lo­cal beef pro­duc­ers.

“On the na­tional scale, any time they can pick up ex­port mar­kets that helps a lit­tle bit,” said True­man. “It doesn’t ef­fect us so much here (in Nova Sco­tia) other than the fact that, if the na­tional de­mand is there for ex­ports, it helps boost prices a lit­tle bit.

Re­cent free trade deals have helped lo­cal beef farm­ers.

“Over the last four or five years the ex­port in­dus­try to some coun­tries like Rus­sia and Kaza­khstan is some­thing that some of us in this part of the coun­try have been able to tap into,” said True­man. “If you would have asked me 10 years ago would I ever be ex­port­ing cat­tle to Kaza­khstan I would have said you are nuts.”

Ten­sions be­tween Canada and Rus­sia means trade deals with Rus­sia have gone up in smoke.

“Now that Mr. Harper (prime min­is­ter of Canada) and Mr. Putin (prime min­is­ter of Rus­sia) aren’t get­ting along very good those things are gone,” said True­man, as he snaps his fin­gers to em­pha­size how quick trade with Rus­sia has van­ished into thin air. “You take ad­van­tage of those deals when they hap­pen but some things we have no con­trol over.”

True­man would like to see China open their doors to Cana­dian beef.

“If ev­ery Chi­nese per­son ate ham­burger we’d be rich,” said True­man. “We aren’t there yet. I’ll never see it, but some will.”

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